This is an interestingÂ article that appeared inÂ Combat Handguns (May 2014) about a class VickiÂ taught in September 2013 at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
For the Ladies Only column in the May 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, contributor Betsy Brantner Smith attended a recent Ladies for Liberty self-defense course at Michiganâ€™s Hillsdale College. Brantner attended the course with a group of women from eclectic backgrounds, a group she described as including â€œdoctors, ranchers, horsewomen, teachers, tennis players, homemakers and more.â€
â€œThe first morning of this five-day event began in the classroom with founding instructor Bonita Fraim talking aboutâ€¨ the range bags weâ€™d been issued and how students could purchase the same Smith & Wesson M&P handgun that weâ€™d be using all week. Smith & Wesson was a major sponsor of the event, providing range bags, hats, T-shirts and other free goodies for the students,â€ Smith says in her article.
Smith continues, â€œBonita then turned the classroom over to Defense Training Internationalâ€™s (DTI) Vicki Farnam, our lead firearms instructor for the week. Vicki is a veteran police and military firearms instructorâ€¦She brought with her an eclectic and dynamic group of three additional female instructors, including a cop, an engineer and her daughter, Wendi, a rancher from Wyoming. In her familiar no-nonsense tone, Vicki told us that the week would be a tough and challenging one, but that we would â€˜be rewarded in the end.â€™â€
At the range, Smith describes a detail-oriented learning environment that helped even first-time shooters feel comfortable sending rounds downrange. â€œThe staff taught us a thumbs-up way to grip a pistol, they called it â€˜flying thumbs,â€™ which would become one of the familiar reminders while on the range. Vicki finds this to be a good grip for small-handed people, especially women,â€ says Smith. â€œBy that first afternoon women who had never touched a firearm were proudly wearing one on their hip. Hillsdale College and Vicki Farnamâ€™s staff had set the tone for success.â€
To read the full article, check out the May 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands January 28, 2014. To subscribe, go to http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe/combat-handguns/.
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